1 Corinthians 2:15 & Judging
(For Those Who Think We Should Not Judge)
We have all heard the saying, “You shall not judge, thus you are judged.” This statement usually comes from those within Christianity who are pulling Matthew chapter 7:1-5 out of context. (To understand what Matthew 7:1-5 teaches click here.) These are the same Christians that use this misquoted scripture as a substitute for an true biblical and scriptural based discussion on whatever the issue is at hand. We have all been faced with examples of the out of context Christian brother or sister in the Lord. So how do we refute those who misrepresent scripture on judging? The natural and shortest answer is to refute them with scripture in proper context.
To refute those who like to through Matthew chapter 7:1-5 around as it is the atomic bomb of anti judgment, we will of course turn to the Word of God. We also will use some basic logic skills, or better yet, a little reductio ad absurdum to show those out context Christians just how absurd their misquotation is.
Let us start with scripture since this is where we get our finally authority. If we look at the Word of God, in 1 Corinthians 2:15 we get an exact oppose answer to those who profess Christians should not judge. 1 Corinthians 2:15 clearly states the following:
~1Co 2:15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
As we see in 1 Corinthians 2:15 the “spiritual person judges all things.” So who is the “spiritual person” in this verse? This person clearly cannot be an unbeliever. Scripture tells us clearly in the previous verse, 1 Corinthians 2:14 that the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God. They are not able to understand them because they are spiritually blind and unable to discern. Then those making judgments must be a follower of Christ. So if the Word of God clearly states that a “spiritual person judges all things” and that person by proxy must be a believer, then logically we can conclude as Christians we are to make judgments. As we see scripture clearly deflates the effort of those who through Matthew chapter 7:1-5 out to stop believers from being “judgmental.”
Now looking at the argument of not judging form a sense of logic we can provide a defense against those who wish to misuse of Matthew chapter 7. We can see from logic one can see that this argument is a self defeating statement. When those who suggest we as Christians should not judge they them self are using faulty logic. Are they not making a judgment of those they are telling not to judge? Yes, of course they are otherwise they could not tell those who are judging to stop being judgment if they were not judging themselves. The argument from those who misrepresent Matthew Chapter 7:1-5 is a flawed trap of circular logic that caves in on its self.
When we take those who use the Matthew chapter 7:1-5 arguments to justify not judging to its reductio ad absurdum or absurd ending. We can see how foolish those holding to this theory undoubtedly are being. For example, when a person uses Matthew chapter 7:1-5 to prevent one from judging than the accuser of this judging than must absolutely end all forms of judgment themselves to comply with this teaching. So that person cannot make any judgments at all. Now that person, for example, cannot judge whether or not to stop at a red light, or stop their child for running out in the street, or even what to have for dinner that night.
Now these examples might seem absurd or ridiculous, but that is the purpose of reductio ad absurdum. The point being to show exactly how flawed and illogical those people are being. In conclusion, the Word of God clearly states that we are able to judge and, in fact, we are to make judgments. We as Christians must always go to the Word of God for our final authority in all matters including this one on whether or not to judge.